My work schedule changed today so I had time to do a morning trainer ride

It's not far, not fast, but felt good.

I'm signed up again for #TourdeCure Chicago in June 2016, and I'm challenging myself to raise $3000.00. This year the route starts in Aurora from the riverside park.

If I raise $1500.00 by January 1, I will bite the bullet and ride 65 miles on the road route -and I hate road riding! However, it's fully supported and I'll be with a LOT of friends.

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Morning Indoor Trainer 08/11/2015 – Ginny Gibbs’s 4.5 mi bike ride

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David Gibbs and I have been Joshified!

We need the Cure – help Team Red Chicagoland reach our goal by July 15 and relative normality will be restored.

Plz halp! Mmff! 🚒🚑🚲🚲🚲⚠️⬇️⬇️⬇️🎭🎭🎭🆘💲💲💲

These photos are my journey with #Diabetes since I was diagnosed in December 2015. These are all the photos connected with living with #diabetes and learning to control it with diet and exercise.

I was already registered to ride in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure charity ride, but then my diagnosis meant that I had become a Red Rider. Through friends in the Chicago ADA office, I got the jersey and started riding my old bike on an indoor trainer. The fundraising season started with the #TourdeCure Kickoff in March.

My nephew +Joshua Gibbs rode with me and +Barb Pohl on the 40 mile route of the recent Tour de Cure Chicagoland charity ride on Sunday 15JUN15. We're all on +Team RED Chicago together. If you donate to Josh's Tour de Cure page via Facebook or G+, he'll #Joshify your photos, too.

The deadline for post-ride donations is 15JUL15. Any amount helps – small donations are the bulk of what I've raised so far. +Team RED Chicago is hoping to exceed our team goal of $65,000, and I'm hoping to exceed my personal goal of $2900.00

I hope my other teammates don't get infected. 😉 The #ArmyofJosh is irresistible! He uses an app called Juxtaposer to insert his picture, which was taken at a family dinner when we gave him the Tour jersey and cycling cap. He rocks that look, and raised more than a thousand dollars in a week after all his friends donated money just to see what he'd do to their pictures.

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My cover picture is #Joshified until further notice! PLZ HALP!


In Album Tour De Cure Chicagoland – 40 Awesome Miles

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Sugar: They Put That Shit In Everything

It can be hard to keep track of the carbs you consume, yet it's got to be done if you're trying to regulate your blood sugar through diet (and exercise).

It's even harder when the sugar carbs are hidden or part of another ingredient that can be added mindlessly, like teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, or flavored coffee creamer.

If you're aware of the extra carbs in that lemonade, and balance them with lower-carb choices throughout your day, you can keep yourself pretty well-regulated.

But if you're diabetic and don't care, or assume "the drugs will fix it," or are trying to commit slow suicide, by all means have that delicious full rack of ribs dripping with thick BBQ sauce. And have a couple of glasses of lemonade and a side of cornbread while you're at it.

This anecdote is based on the experience of watching a family member make poor food choices, over and over, at shared meals. It's another reason my husband and I ride in #TourdeCure.


7 normal snacks with a crazy amount of sugar
Experts recommend limiting your added sweetener to six teaspoons per day. Here’s what that looks like.

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Some recent pictures from the #TourDeCure kickoff event last week, my winter training rig, and more pictures from my journey with #diabetes.

Please checkout my fundraising page for the #AmericanDiabetesAssociation and help me #StopDiabetes.

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In Album 3/8/15

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I'm A Red Rider, I Ride With Diabetes

It's weird how life can slap you around a little; everything changes with a phone call from your doctor's office.

For me, it was a call from a physician's assistant, informing me that my recent. A1C and blood glucose tests were back, and the results were not unexpected.

I'm diabetic. But with my family history and sedentary lifestyle, I was kidding myself that I'd dodge that bullet.

I'm Type II, and no medication prescribed as yet. I'm currently checking my "numbers" with daily home blood tests and using various fitness apps and gadgets to track activity, carbs, and calories.

After the first test (there was a second round) my doctor wanted to see me lose weight, so what the hey, +David Gibbs got me a fitness tracker and I started using My Fitness Pal to figure out diet and nutrition. So I'd already lost a few pounds when the results of the second test came back after Christmas.

As it happens, I'm married to the captain of Team Red Chicago, and rode in last year's #TourdeCure (a fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association). I was already planning to ride again this year. So my hero-husband got me set up with a Red Rider jersey, a bike trainer rig in the spare bedroom, and a placeholder website that re-directs to my page on the official ADA fundraising site.

Red Riders in the Tour de Cure are people with diabetes, who get shout-outs as they ride along. David is also a Red Rider, and so are a lot of other amazing people we've met since David was diagnosed a few years ago. The first time he rode, we were amazed by how much support there was, for people of all abilities, not just "elite" cyclists.

I'm not in shape (yet), but I've committed to riding 40 miles at the event in June, and to raising at least $2000.00USD to help stop diabetes. I think I'll be able to get myself sorted out so that 3-4 hours in the saddle (with breaks) won't be an issue.

I could sure use some support and good wishes, though!

My placeholder page will have more pictures and have some other stuff that the official page won't have, like a world map of donor locations, so if this post could be shared, I'd appreciate it.

I'm on Twitter, Strava and My Fitness Pal as GinnyRED57, so look me up, I could sure use the company on this journey.


Ride With Ginny
Ride With Ginny » Help Ginny raise money for Diabetes research, education, and advocacy

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